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5 June 2017

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Jim Hughes, Jane and Louise Wilson, protective filters, the Nik Collection, working at Adobe for 20 years, George Dunbar, the right to repair, ON1 Photo Raw 2017.5 and a copyright decisions database.

  • Jim Hughes on Stanley Greene and W. Eugene Smith brings to light a few pages from the former Camera 35 editor's biography of Smith which were cut "strictly for space reasons" from the book. Regarding Greene, Hughes writes, "Stanley still believed the world could change."
  • In Artists Jane and Louise Wilson Photograph the Architecture of Decay, Lyra Kilson describes the Getty Museum's photographic installation Sealander, by British artists Jane and Louise Wilson, who are twins. Their images of concrete bunkers along the northern coast of France built by the occupying Nazi regime during World War II reveal both "eccentric repurposing" and decay.
  • In My Not Quite Complete Protective Filter Article, Roger Cicala reveals "the results of testing a couple of thousand dollars worth of clear and UV filters using a couple of thousand dollars worth of home-made laser light transmission bench and a lot of thousand dollars worth of Olaf Optical Testing bench." For free.
  • A reddit post last week was behind the stories that Google had "announced" its abandonment of the Nik Collection. As Scott Kelby explains in Google Makes It Official: The Nik Collection Is Dead (And My Q&A), Google said as much when they released the Collection for free a year ago. His Q&A mentions MacPhun's Luminar, which Derrick Story has also written glowingly about, as a replacement for Nik ColorEfex Pro 4.
  • Want to know what it's like to work at Adobe for 20 years? In Career Monogamy: The Awkward Tech Sin of Longevity, Brian Nemhauser spells it out. He started as in PageMaker tech support, worked on the Creative Cloud project and now runs product management for Spark.
  • Want to know what it's like to follow your own path for 62 years (more or less)? In A Modern Art Pioneer Down in New Orleans, Sara Ruffin Costello profiles 89-year-old New Orleans artist George Dunbar.
  • In Keeping Repairs Tied Up, Thom Hogan links the recent Supreme Court decision in Impression Products vs. Lexmark to right-to-repair legislations in farming states. Oh, and Nikon's repair policies come into it for a whack, too.
  • ON1 sent an email last week promising the release this week on the release of ON1 Photo Raw 2017.5 The ON1 Blog has the lastest information and some sneak peaks about the free update.
  • Carolyn Wright reports the Copyright Office Publishes Recent Review Board Decisions. "The decisions are searchable and include an index; new decisions will be added as they are issued," she notes. "The decisions will be a valuable resource to those seeking a better understanding of how the Copyright Office assesses whether works satisfy the legal and formal requirements for copyright registration."

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